StatoilHydro Gets Go-Ahead to Drill Block 30/3 with West Alpha

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted StatoilHydro ASA a drilling permit for wellbore 30/3-10 S, ref. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

The drilling program for wellbore 30/3-10 S relates to drilling of an appraisal well in production license 052. The well will be drilled from the West Alpha semisubmersible drilling rig at position 60 degrees 47'43.5" North and 02 degrees 41'11.8 East.

The area in this production license consists of block 30/3, between the Huldra, Veslefrikk and Oseberg fields in the North Sea. StatoilHydro ASA is the operator with an 18% ownership interest. The other licensees are Petoro AS with 37%, Talisman with 27%, RWE-DEA with 13.5% and Revus Energy with a 4.5% ownership interest.

The permit has been granted on the condition that all other permits and consents required by other authorities have been secured before the drilling activity commences.

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